It is estimated that three out of every four women are likely to suffer a vaginal yeast infection at some time in their lives. After you have suffered vaginal yeast infection once, it becomes considerably more likely that you will do so again. Particularly if you treat the condition on a peripheral level, rather than attacking the root cause of your yeast infection. In this article we will focus on a healthy diet and some natural substances that can help you to get rid of yeast infection.
Foods to avoid if you suffer from recurrent yeast infections
Since yeast feeds on sugars it is important to reduce intake of sugar in your daily diet. This will significantly reduce your susceptibility to yeast infections. People who suffer from badly controlled diabetes are far more prone to yeast infections than others. Higher level of sugar in the bloodstream provides exactly the sustenance the yeast needs to thrive.
Avoid sugar reach products. This rule does not apply only to commercially produced, purified sugars. It can be applied to all sugars including natural sugars. For example those contained in fruit juice, honey, maple syrup, molasses, corn syrup, fructose and so on.
Yeast products or baked foods:
Avoid yeast rich foodstuffs and drinks. This will not necessarily cause any problem for you as long as you are healthy with a strong, resilient immune system.
But when you are suffering from yeast infection, products such as brewers yeast, pizzas, pastries, soy sauce, leavened bread, beer, wine all provide an extra support to the Candida Albicans that is already in your system.
‘Mold’-based and fermented foods:
This is a similar category to the one above and include foods like cheese, mustard, vinegar and condiments that are based on vinegar. By consuming foods like this, you are actually providing extra ammunition for the Candida infection in your body to expand still further.
Again, when you are completely healthy, these foodstuffs will do you no harm whatsoever. But it is probably best to avoid them wherever possible if you are susceptible to yeast infections.
Since one of the primary ingredients of milk is lactose, you should cut out any products made with milk. Because your body treat lactose as it would any other sugar. This is why you should avoid any products made with milk. Take your coffee or tea without milk. If you are used to have milk in your drink, try to switch to soy milk. Also avoid ice cream and full milk yogurt.
Foods that can help you to get rid of yeast infection
As you can see, if you want to reduce your susceptibility to yeast infections in the future, you should reduce many foodstuffs, or even remove them from your diet completely. Therefore, it is reasonable to ask what foodstuffs should you eat?
To give you some ideas, we made the following list of foodstuffs that are not likely to provide any sustenance to Candida Albicans. These are also foods which have a positive effect in helping you to get rid of yeast infections.
Gluten free foods:
Try to eat ‘staple’ gluten free foods wherever possible. For example, rice or corn instead of foodstuffs that contain gluten such as barley and wheat.
Also try to eat non-meat based protein alternatives such as tofu:
Or at least make sure that all of the meat-based products you eat are completely organically reared. Keep in mind that many non-organic meat products are likely to be high in antibiotic chemicals.
When you are looking for alternatives, whole grains like brown rice can be a very healthy option. This kind of foodstuff will not exacerbate your susceptibility to yeast infections.
Raw green vegetables:
are always perfect for inclusion in your daily healthy diet. They contain vitamins and many of the much needed trace elements. On the other hand, they do not contain the potentially harmful sugars that you will find in some fruits, for example. In case you have a problem to take your vegetables raw, try steaming them.
Some oily fish:
such as tuna, mackerel and herring will provide you a tasty and highly nutritional alternative to meat products. They are high in essential fatty acids.
How to treat recurrent vaginal yeast infections
When you suffer from persistent chronic vaginal yeast infections there is no way that you can solve a problem permanently only with anti-fungal lotions and creams. The same applies to anti-fungal diet. The correct approach to take to getting rid of your recurring yeast infection once and for all is to address your problem on two levels.
Firstly, you tackle the problem systematically by trying to reduce the overgrowth of Candida Albicans cells throughout your body. You would do this by making the lifestyle changes and applying an anti-fungal diet as highlighted above.
The second method of treatment for your yeast infection would be topical, by using creams or suppositories. On this level, there are also various natural treatments that you can apply to any vaginal yeast infection. These treatments will help to bring both immediate relief and a reduction in the severity of your present condition.
Natural substances that are deadly for Candida Albicans
There are some natural chemical substances that are present in many foodstuffs. These phytochemicals are deadly for Candida Albicans cells. For example: allicin in garlic, sulforaphane in broccoli or lycopene in oranges and grapefruit. Or Caprylic acid which is in fact a medium chain fatty acid that is naturally found in coconut and palm oil.
You can also take lactobacillus acidophilus in a capsule or powder form twice a day to get rid of an existing vaginal yeast infection. Or once a day to help keep future infections at bay. This is a form of a good bacteria that can be found in live yogurts and help to boost your body’s natural defenses against future yeast infections.
Anti Candida Diet – Infographic:
Trusted resource: www.cdc.gov
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